I hadn’t written about Alton Sterli9ng shooting even though it precipitated the Phildro Castile’s shooting. The circumstances surrounding the shooting of Sterling was questionable. I had heard reports that Sterling was in possession of a firearm while he was on parole for possessing an unlicensed firearm.
Photo by By Maina Kiai – https://www.flickr.com/photos/mainakiai/28506889722/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50782477
I don’t immediately defend individuals, even when they have tragic interactions with the police. For example many readers remember how I lambasted Sandra Bland for the behavior that excalated her interaction with a policeman that ultimately led to her arrest and subsequent suicide.
On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was shot several times after being tackled to the ground by two white Baton Rouge Police Department officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Police were responding to a report that a man dressed in red and selling CDs used a gun to threaten someone outside a convenience store. The shooting was recorded by multiple bystanders. The videos show the confrontation and shooting at point-blank range.
The shooting led to protests in Baton Rouge and a civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
It would have been remiss if I hadn’t posted this video, it is alleged by the store owner (Whose business this happened in front of) that it did appear that the police did remove a gun from the body.